SPOT­LIGHT STILL CALL­ING GE­ORGE

Act­ing vet­eran Ge­orge Se­gal has en­joyed a long and distin­guished ca­reer on TV and the big screen – but he has no in­ten­tion of slow­ing down now

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - COLIN VICK­ERY

When most people hit 80, they ei­ther laze away their days in re­tire­ment or get shoved in a nurs­ing home – but not Ge­orge Se­gal.

Se­gal, who shot to fame in the 1970s with hit movies in­clud­ing A Touch of Class, Blume in Love, and Cal­i­for­nia Split, is busier than ever.

Se­gal plays gran­dad Al­bert ‘‘Pops’’ Solomon on sit­com The Gold­bergs. The role comes a decade af­ter he played mag­a­zine edi­tor Jack Gallo in TV com­edy Just Shoot Me.

In be­tween, Se­gal has en­joyed fea­ture roles in movies (Sean Gi­ambrone). Wendi McLen­don-Covey ( Brides­maids) is mum Beverly, with Troy Gen­tile and Hay­ley Or­ran­tia play­ing Adam’s sib­lings Barry and Erica.

The show is based on the real-life child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences of cre­ator Adam F. Gold­berg ( Break­ing In).

“Sean, who plays the young Adam, is re­ally easy to love. It is easy to be his grand­fa­ther. I’ve never had the ex­pe­ri­ence of rep­re­sent­ing a real fam­ily, and real grand­fa­ther, be­fore.”

Se­gal grew up in Great Neck, New York.

Af­ter an early stint on Broad­way, it was Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf that put him on the map. The Gold­bergs, Chan­nel 7, Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm.

Ge­orge Se­gal is relishing his new role as Al­bert ‘Pops’ Solomon in

The Gold­bergs..

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